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Friday, September 22, 2023

Toy Toss Games

 Good morning,

We have several games we play with the pups and this one is an inside game for when it is too hot or too wet outside.  We had just brought up a basket of soft toys that I had washed and dried after they had been outside.  We played the toy toss game - similar to "fetch" only on a smaller scale inside.

In this case, the colorful octopus landed on Elsa's back.  It didn't take her long to figure out where it had gone, but it was cute for the couple of seconds when she wondered how it could have disappeared.  It appears she is looking at Wendy as if to ask, "Did you take that one?"

These are the sweetest pups. 

All the best,


Thursday, September 21, 2023

Work in Process - Shades of Turquoise Large Afghan Blanket

 Good morning,

I have more than half of the 80 squares joined for my Shades of Turquoise Large Afghan Blanket.  I still have to crochet the scalloped border, sew in a label, photograph and format pictures, then write the listing before it will appear in the shop.  I hope to have all of that accomplished in the next few days.

I am thrilled with how these colors are coming together.  This blanket will be stunning.  

There are other afghan blankets finished and in the shop here.

 What are you making, baking, growing this week?  

All the very best,


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

We're So Proud of our Sophie


 Good morning,

We are so proud of our granddaughter Sophie!  

She is the 2023 SOC (School of Communications) Student Commencement Speaker.  

And, she is also featured on the header of American University's SOC web page

And, on AU's Masters Program page.

Wow!  Congratulations, Sophie!

Love you,

Proud Grandma Lois

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett

 Good morning,

Our pups celebrated Jimmy Buffett this weekend at our dog club.  That's Lily on the left and Elsa on the right.

 They both had a great time on "the beach" in Margaritaville

 Their friend Teddy was there, too!

Is this precious or what!


Monday, September 18, 2023

September Sky

 Good morning,

The weather has been lovely lately here in the US Midwest:  cooler than it has been for weeks, beautiful skies, nice breeze, great temperatures at night for sleeping....

This is wonderful weather to sit outside with the pups, too.  The only improvement I would make would be to get rid of the mosquitos, but that will happen after the first hard frost.

So, I'm sharing this pretty image with you. I hope the weather is just as lovely wherever you are.

All the best,


Sunday, September 17, 2023

MACH 9 for Jackpot!

 Good morning,

Catherine sent me this image from our dog club where she is attending a dog show with Elsa and Lily.

The cake in the image is in celebration of a dog named Jackpot who has just achieved Master Agility Champion 9 (MACH 9)!  That means he has completed the requirements to be Master Agility Champion 9 times.  Wow!  What an achievement.

Congratulations, Jackpot!

The celebration cake is just fantastic, too!



Saturday, September 16, 2023



Elsa:  Mom, may I have a cuddle?

Me:  Sure.  Come on up.

Elsa:  Zzzzzzzzz

Me:  Awww....